Media Release by Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

$2.7 million investment to improve the wellbeing of Logan’s families and children

Australia’s future depends on our children’s long-term wellbeing, and that’s why the Coalition Government is joining with the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to co-invest an additional $2.7 million in the community-driven initiative, Logan Together.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Zed Seselja, today joined Logan’s Mayor, Luke Smith; the Queensland Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, and Minister for Child Safety, Shannon Fentiman; and Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen at the Logan GET Together event to announce the additional investment.

The Australian and Queensland governments are each contributing $1.2 million, with local government providing $0.367 million, towards Logan Together projects. The Commonwealth’s investment is in addition to the $0.75 million it has contributed to Logan Together since 2014.

Logan Together is a 10-year, evidence-informed initiative designed to create the best life opportunities for every child in Logan, which in turn can have a transformative impact on the broader community and the nation.

‘Well-functioning families are the cornerstone of our nation’s future, and it’s vital for children to grow up in safe and positive environments that encourage learning and promote resilience,’ said Assistant Minister for Social Services, Zed Seselja.

‘Through place-based initiatives like Logan Together, we are investing in services that meet the specific requirements of local communities, and deliver targeted support where it is most needed. ‘Logan Together is uniquely positioned to deliver early intervention services and support for children that can set them on a positive path, and improve lifelong outcomes.

‘Early evidence suggests that Logan Together has already achieved lower unemployment in some of the most disadvantaged areas, better integration of child and family services, increased Indigenous enrolment in pre-school, improved literacy and numeracy rates for children, and improved engagement between cultural groups.

‘Logan Together demonstrates how place-based initiatives can achieve the best possible outcomes for local families and communities, and is a model for how the Government can work with states and territories, alongside community groups and philanthropic partners, to implement place-based services into the future.

‘I look forward to seeing further positive results flow from community-based programs like Logan Together,’ said Assistant Minister Seselja.